National Guard Announces Changes at The Top

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Indiana's Adjutant General has announced plans to retire from the Indiana National Guard in May after 45 years of service. Major General Martin Umbarger has served in the position since 2004. The Guard also says Director of State Operations Colonel David Shorter will conclude his career in state service next month. October 21, 2014

Copy of Open Letter From Major General Martin Umbarger

Dear Soldiers, Airmen, state employees, contractors, retirees and our families,

Yesterday evening Rowana and I met with Governor Mike Pence and informed him of my intent to retire next May after 45 years of service in the Indiana National Guard.

It has been my highest honor and privilege to have served as your Adjutant General.

There comes a time in everyone's life and career to pass the "colors of leadership" onto the next generation. This is not a sad day but a very happy day as I reflect on the honor of serving with the best men and women of our nation.

God bless all of you and your families. Proud to Serve!

Very respectfully,

Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger October 21, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, announces that retired Col. David T. Shorter will conclude his tenure as a state employee after a highly successful career serving the Indiana National Guard and the state of Indiana as the director of state operations.

Shorter will retire effective Nov. 14, 2014 following 14 years of state service and approximately 30 years of military service to his community, state and nation.

Col. (retired) Shorter served in many command and staff positions throughout his tenure with the Indiana National Guard, ultimately achieving the rank of colonel, as the director of logistics for Joint Force Headquarters - Indiana.

He began his state career in 2000 as the comptroller for the Indiana National Guard. In 2007, Col. (retired) Shorter was then appointed by Maj. Gen. Umbarger as the director of state operations.

"I am much honored to have served this great organization for more than 43 years, as both a Soldier and state employee," said Shorter. "The relationships I’ve forged over the years mean a great deal to me and will forever be with me."

"It is a bittersweet day for me, state employees and the Soldiers and Airmen who serve the Indiana National Guard," said Umbarger. "Dave has always served with tremendous loyalty and honor and will be sorely missed. However, I am extremely happy for him and his wife, Brenda, for they certainly deserve to enjoy together the next phase of their lives."

Source: The Indiana National Guard